UAB Department of Music announces winter/spring 2016 season of performances

Enjoy free performances throughout winter and spring 2016 by students, faculty and guest artists presented by UAB’s Department of Music.

trumpet concertFree performances by students, faculty and guest artists, and concerts, festivals, symposiums and master classes have been announced by the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Music.

Faculty and students in the department perform in UAB’s acclaimed Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, as well as around the globe. The department is home to world-renowned scholars and performers, with appearances by faculty and students in Egypt, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Brazil, South Korea, the Czech Republic, the Caribbean and Mexico, and on television broadcasts throughout the world.

Nearly all of the performances are offered free; ticketed performances support the department’s programs. This season, UAB Music will host the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast and present its 14th annual Clarinet Symposium. A series of senior student recitals is also set. The UAB Gospel Choir will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 10; ticket sales will benefit the choir’s upcoming 2016 Spring Break tour to Canada and the Northeast.

The UAB Piano Series brings the world’s finest pianists to Birmingham. Steven Lin will perform Sunday, Jan. 31; Peter Takács will perform Sunday, March 13. Tickets are $15; $5 for students.

The Department of Music and the CAS Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts have partnered with the Birmingham Art Music Alliance to bring chamber works that connect music with the art of artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, whose works will be on exhibition at AEIVA. The gallery viewing, reception and evening performance are set for 5 p.m. Thursday, March 10, with performers to include Chris Steele, piano; Laura Usiskin, cello; and other members of the UAB faculty. The event, free and open to the public, will take place at the AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South.

For the latest event information, check the UAB Department of Music’s website event calendar.

Friday, Jan. 15

UAB Honor Choir Invitational High School Choral Concert, 4 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Featuring Southaven High School, Jabarie Glass, conductor; Helena High School, Cissy Johnson, conductor; John Carroll High School, Maria Wilson, conductor; and Ramsay High School, Chipper Janes, conductor. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Friday, Jan. 15

UAB Music presents Trumpet Festival of the Southeast welcome concert, 4:30 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

iron giant percussionIron Giant Percussion EnsembleFriday, Jan. 15

UAB Music Trumpet Recital by Joe Burgstaller, with pianist Chris Steele, part of the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, 8:30 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Friday, Jan. 15

UAB Music Honor Choir Concert, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Saturday, Jan. 16

UAB Music presents Jazz Concert featuring Sean Jones and the UAB Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. A Trumpet Festival of the Southeast event. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

UAB Music presents Iron Giant Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. This contemporary, award-winning ensemble, which got its start at UAB and is based in Birmingham, features Sam Herman, Brett Huffman, Seth Noble and Justin Wallace. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Sunday, Jan. 24

UAB Music Percussion Studio Recital, featuring the students of Gene Fambrough, 4 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Monday, Jan. 25

UAB Music Faculty Chamber Concert, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Featuring clarinetist Denise Gainey, pianist Chris Steele, violinist Julianne Steele, cellist Laura Usiskin, flutist Lisa Wienhold and guest mezzo-soprano Jeanette Fontaine. Works will include trios by Arutunian, Muczynski and Rota; and Chansons madécasses by Ravel. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

QThree, guest chamber recital, 7:30 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. QThree is Midori Koga, piano; Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet; and Carolyn Stuart, violin. These three artists share a rich, collaborative history of presenting new works from Merkin Concert Hall in New York City to festivals and universities throughout North America. On the program for their UAB performance is “The End of Summer” by Ned Rorem; “I Gave My Love a Cherry” from “Come Down Heavy” and “Thorn and Flare” by Evan K. Chambers; and “Rain Waves” for violin, clarinet and piano by Joan Tower. Contact the UAB Department of Music at 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Thursday, Jan. 28

UAB Department of Music Faculty Potpourri Recital, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

steven linSteven LinSunday, Jan. 31

UAB Piano Series featuring Steven Lin, 4 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. On the program are works by Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, David Hertzberg and Ravel. Taiwanese-American pianist Lin is an immediately engaging and imaginative young artist, applauded by the New York Times for playing that is “… immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics.” His growing list of awards includes the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In May 2014, his dynamic playing at Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition was recognized when he was awarded the Silver Medal as well as numerous performance prize engagements in Israel and internationally. Tickets are $15; $5 for UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Sunday, Feb. 14

UAB Music Guest Artist Recital featuring Anthony Offerle, baritone, 3 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

UAB Music Student Recital, featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist. 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Friday, Feb. 19

UAB Music Faculty Recital, featuring Gene Fambrough, percussion, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Fambrough will return to his roots as a drum set player for this concert and play some of the music that got him started. Joined by a three-student, all music-major rock band, they’ll perform “progressive rock” instrumentals from bands like The Dregs, Porcupine Tree, Liquid Tension Experiment, Dream Theater and Rush. The concert will also include marimba as well. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Rescheduled for Monday, March 7
Tuesday, Feb. 23

UAB Music Faculty Recital, featuring Paul Mosteller, baritone, and Yakov Kasman, pianist, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Concert will include arias by Handel, ballads by Carl Loewe, songs by Tchaikovsky and selected Lieder from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” by Mahler. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

dr kris 2015Kristine Hurst-WajszczukFriday, Feb. 26

UAB Music Voice Studio Recital featuring students of Won Cho, Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk and Paul Mosteller, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Saturday, Feb. 27-Sunday, Feb. 28

UAB Department of Music presents the 14th annual Clarinet Symposium, in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall and Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Call 205-975-0558 for more information. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, March 2

UAB Music Student Recital featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Friday, March 4

UAB Music presents Nole Jones, Senior Voice Recital, with pianist Chris Steele, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Sunday, March 6

UAB Music Wind Symphony and Symphony Band in concert, conducted by Sue Samuels, 3 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Monday, March 7 (rescheduled from Tuesday, Feb. 23)

UAB Music Faculty Recital, featuring Paul Mosteller, baritone, and Yakov Kasman, pianist, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Concert will include arias by Handel, ballads by Carl Loewe, songs by Tchaikovsky and selected Lieder from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” by Mahler. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Thursday, March 10

Music @ the AEIVA: The UAB Department of Music and Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts have partnered with the Birmingham Art Music Alliance to bring chamber works that connect music with the art on exhibition of Enrique Martínez Celaya. Performers include Chris Steele, piano; Laura Usiskin, cello; and other members of the UAB faculty. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Sunday, March 13

UAB Piano Series featuring Peter Takács, 4 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Featuring an all-Beethoven program. Hailed by the New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” Takács has performed widely, receiving critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations. Takács has received numerous prizes and awards for his performances, including First Prize in the William Kapell International Competition, the C.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Tanglewood Music Center, and a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2008, he has been a member of the faculty at the Montecito Summer Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California. Tickets are $15; $5 for UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, March 16

UAB Music Student Recital, featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Peter TakacsPeter TakácsThursday, March 31

UAB Music presents “Vive la France!,” a faculty recital featuring soprano Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk and pianist Yakov Kasman, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. The all-French program will include works by Chausson, Hahn, Poulenc and Chaminade. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Friday, April 1

UAB Music presents Josh Ford, Senior Percussion Recital, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Monday, April 4

UAB Music Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Roberts, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Tuesday, April 5

UAB Opera Birmingham master class, taught by Opera Birmingham General Director Keith Wolfe, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, April 6

UAB Music Student Recital, featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, April 6

UAB Music presents Marta Pirosca, Senior Flute Recital, with pianists Aleksandra Kasman and Chris Steele, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Thursday, April 7

UAB Jazz Combos in concert, directed by Carlos Pino and Steve Roberts, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Friday, April 8

UAB Music Choirs in concert, conducted by Brian Kittredge, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

gospel choir new 2015UAB Gospel ChoirSunday, April 10

UAB Gospel Choir Spring Concert, directed by Kevin P. Turner, 6 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $7; $5 each for groups of 20 or more with advance purchase. Call 205-975-2787 for ticket information. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Tuesday, April 12

UAB Music presents Slader Jordan, Senior Guitar Recital, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, April 13

UAB Music Brass Chamber Ensembles in concert, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Concert will feature Blazer Trumpets, Trombone Choir, Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and other brass ensembles. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Thursday, April 14

UAB Opera Scenes, directed by Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Friday, April 15

UAB Steel Band in concert, directed by Gene Fambrough, 6 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Friday, April 15

UAB Computer Music Ensemble in concert, directed by Matthew Bryant, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Featuring new works of electro-acoustic music and multimedia by student-composers. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

percussion 2Sunday, April 17

UAB Piano Studio and Ensembles Recital, featuring students of Yakov Kasman, and ensembles directed by Tatiana Kasman, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Tuesday, April 19

UAB Music Honors Recital, featuring winners of the 2015 Honors Recital Competition, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, April 20

UAB Music Jazz Faculty Concert, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, April 20

UAB Music Percussion Ensemble in concert, directed by Gene Fambrough, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Thursday, April 21

UAB Music presents Aleksandra Kasman, Junior Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

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